– Self Esteem and Stress Management
Self-esteem is an individual’s perception, opinion and beliefs about themselves. For most individuals, self-esteem is also how they value themselves and can be so deeply rooted that change can be difficult. For most, self-esteem will fluctuate and repetitive process, that changes over time, going from positive self-esteem to negative self-esteem depending on events in their life and experiences they may have had.
An Individuals self-esteem can affect whether they:
- like and value themselves as a person
- are able to make decisions and assert themselves
- recognize their strengths and abilities
- feel able to try new or difficult things
- show kindness towards themselves
- move past mistakes without blaming themselves unfairly
- take the time one needs for themselves
- believe that they matter and are good enough
- believe that they deserve happiness.
What can cause low self-esteem?
The things that affect ones self-esteem differ for everyone. A person’s self-esteem might change suddenly, or they may have had low self-esteem for a while – which might make it hard to recognize how they feel and make changes.
Difficult or stressful life experiences can often be a factor, such as:
- being bullied or abused
- experiencing prejudice, discrimination or stigma
- losing a job or difficulty finding employment
- problems at work or while studying
- ongoing stress
- physical health problems
- mental health problems
- relationship problems, separation or divorce
- worries about appearance and body image
- problems with moneyor housing.
While low self-esteem is not technically considered a mental health illness, often times it is associated with mental health illnesses such as depression, anxiety, trauma and even suicidality. When an individual engages in therapy to address the self-esteem concerns, any mental health concern will also be addressed and the individual will work with their therapist increase their self-esteem and have an overall healthy and positive perception of themselves.
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Stress management offers a range of strategies to help an individual better deal with stress and difficulty (adversity) in their life. Managing stress can help a person lead a more balanced, healthier life.
Stress is an automatic physical, mental and emotional response to a challenging event. It’s a normal part of everyone’s life. When used positively, stress can lead to growth, action and change. But negative, long-term stress can lessen someones quality of life.
Stress management approaches include:
- Learning skills such as problem-solving, prioritizing tasks and time management.
- Enhancing ones ability to cope with adversity. For example, a person may learn how to improve their emotional awareness and reactions, increase their sense of control, find greater meaning and purpose in life, and cultivate gratitude and optimism.
- Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga, meditation, tai chi, exercise and prayer.
- Improving their personal relationships.
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